East Horsley Meeting – 12th April 2017

WAG gave an update to a packed East Horsley Village Hall audience on the forthcoming appeal hearing which is due to start on September 19th 2017 and run for 20 days. To see an abridged version of the presentation use this link 12 Apr 17 Horsley open meeting. The meeting was attended by Sir Paul Beresford MP and local borough and county councillors and candidates.

The appeal will be determined by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government currently Sajid Javid.

Guildford Local Plan

Here’s the latest information on the Guildford Local Plan proposed timetable.

20th April – GBC Special meeting of the Borough, Economy and Infrastructure Executive Advisory Board to discuss the proposed submission plan – then:

Further targeted public consultation in June-July 2017only asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan.

  • Submission to the planning inspectorate for Examination (Regulation 22) – December 2017
  • Pre-examination meeting – February 2018
  • Examination in public – hearings (Regulation 24) – April 2018
  • Anticipated adoption (Regulation 26) – December 2018
  • Update Policies Map – December 2018

Wisley Properties appeal refusal of planning permission

WIPL have registered an appeal against the refusal by Guildford Borough Council for 2068 homes at Three Farms Meadows. Wisley Action Group and Ockham Parish Council have been granted Rule 6 status which allows us to cross-examine the applicant’s submissions.
The appeal is scheduled to take place in September 2017 in Guildford and is likely to last for almost three weeks

Three Farms Meadows filming appeal thrown out

WAG is pleased that the Inspector has thrown out the appeal on the temporary use of the site for filming.  The Inspector concludes:

“On balance, I consider that the identified benefits of the proposal individually or in combination do not clearly outweigh the harm to the Green Belt by reason of inappropriateness, and the other identified harm. Consequently, very special circumstances do not exist and the proposal runs contrary to Section 9 of the Framework.”

see the full decision here 3133032 – Appeal Decision (3)

Surrey Wildlife Trust objects to the proposal to build 2,100 homes on the Greenbelt

From last week’s Surrey Advertiser, the Surrey Wildlife Trust gives its view on the proposed development

 

“The trust believes that the proposed development will have an unacceptable impact on the biodiversity on this highly sensitive area, which cannot be mitigated for despite the strategy outlined in the applicant’s environmental statement,” wrote Mike Waite, living landscapes manager.

“This comes down largely to the proposed scale of the development at 2,100 houses, including its location and internal layout.”

Mr Waite highlighted that to the immediate north of the application site is Ockham Common and Chatley Heath, the majority of which is statutorily protected land within the Ockham and Wisley Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), part of a designated protection area for three heathland breeding birds.

Mr Waite continued: “Much of the land south of the SSSI, including a large area within the application site, has been selected and adopted by yourselves, Guildford Borough Council, as non-statutory Sites of Nature Conservation Importance for protection through planning policy.”